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March 18, 2014

MoistureShield, the Springdale, Ark.-based composite decking manufacturer, has expanded its presence in the Sunbelt and West Coast regions by adding 12 new distribution locations to its network.

Among the new distributors are Huttig Building Products in Phoenix, Nashville, and Jackson, Miss.; BlueLinx in Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville, Fla.; Dixie Plywood and Lumber Company in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas; Universal Forest Products in Thornton and Riverside, Calif.; and Intermountain Supply in Spokane, Wash.

March 10, 2014

Cologne, Germany -- John Herbert has a front row seat on the global home-improvement retailing scene. The former president of EXPO Design Center West Coast (USA) and the current general secretary of the European DIY-Retail Association, Herbert identified six major changes facing retailers in 2014.

October 31, 2013

The West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association (WCLBMA) has elected officers and directors for 2014, including Mark Ganahl as president. 

Ganahl is VP of Ganahl Lumber and general manager of the company’s Anaheim, Calif., location. Ganahl Lumber is the state’s oldest lumberyard, with a history that dates back to 1884. Today Ganahl Lumber has nine locations in Southern California.

October 18, 2013

LP Building Products has released the new LP SolidStart LPI 530 I-Joist in the West Coast region.

The I-Joist is bolstered by an LP SolidStart LVL flange -- 1-5/16 in. x 2-1/16 in. (53mm) wide -- for optimal load bearing capacity and performance, making it less likely to split, shrink, twist, warp or bow than solid sawn lumber. The flange is available in depths ranging from 9-1/2 in. to 16 in.

October 18, 2013

HCN has nothing but happy memories of California.

It was here in 2007, under a sunny San Diego sky, that we recognized Augie Venezia and Fairfax Lumber as the 2007 Independent Pro Dealer of the Year.

We have followed Venezia’s subsequent career with keen interest, and have applauded his handling of regulatory storm clouds. This last one is a whopper.

August 21, 2013

Moorsesville, N.C.-based Lowe's said it expects to complete its West Coast acquisition of 72 Orchard Supply Hardware stores by the end of August. When that happens, current CEO Mark Baker will be replaced at the helm of Orchard Supply by Lowe's executive Richard D. Maltsbarger, the retailer announced yesterday.

August 16, 2013

Fiberon, a manufacturer of PVC and composite decking, has promoted two of its sales managers. 

The company promoted Derek Baer to territory manager for the Montana and Western Canada regions, as well as Greg Reed to West Coast regional sales manager.

August 7, 2013

Tool manufacturer MAX USA hired Bruce Kennedy as West Coast regional sales manager.

Kennedy’s career includes 21 years experience in sales and operations, most recently in building materials distribution focused on pneumatic tools, compressors and accessories and collated fasteners. In his career he has worked for business-to-business and business-to-consumer companies in inside and outside sales, purchasing and inventory management and other disciplines. He is in the Los Angeles area. 

June 19, 2013

Temperatures in July 2013 will be much cooler than last year across the North Central United States, and retailers are going to feel the impact.

That's part of the forecast from Bethlehem, Pa.-based Weather Trends International.

While temperatures frequently crested the 100-degree mark last year, temperatures will be even warmer than last year in the South and along the West Coast.

In the East Coast, residents can expect weather that's warmer than normal, but cooler than a year ago, according to the Weather Trends forecast.

February 1, 2013

With California’s controversial “lumber assessment” now being assessed on most lumber products sold in the state under so-called “emergency” regulations from the state’s tax collection agency, the State Board of Equalization (BOE), the next process for the state agency is to develop permanent rules including a permanent retailer set-up reimbursement.

October 12, 2012

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. has appointed Phil Jones, formerly president of its west coast region, to lead its retail channel for independent garden centers and hardware co-op stores as senior VP independent channel.

September 25, 2012

The West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association (WCLBMA) board of directors has voted to oppose California’s Proposition 30, on the ballot for the Nov. 6 election. 

August 28, 2012

 

It’s official. The Lumber Association of California and Nevada is now the West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association (WCLBMA).

In an announcement letter, the association’s Executive Director Ken Dunham explained the motive for the name change:

June 22, 2012

The distribution partnership expands Roswell, Ga.-based Boral’s poly-ash category exterior trim product to the West Coast.

Boral TruExterior Trim, a building product in the poly-ash category of trim, has announced a new distribution agreement with Capital Lumber, a distributor of specialty building materials serving the western United States.

February 10, 2012

A franchise chain of West Coast supply stores for “indoor gardeners” is bringing its special strain of controversy to Washington, D.C., with a fourth location in the Northeast quadrant of the nation’s capital.

November 22, 2011

Log and lumber exports from Washington, Oregon, northern California, and Alaska in the first three quarters of 2011 already surpass the total exports of 2010 according to the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station.

November 11, 2011

Applegate Insulation, a Webberville, Mich.-based company, has recently gained licensure to market both Applegate loose-fill and Applegate stabilized cellulose in California. The cellulose insulation supplier was actively marketed on the West Coast in the 1980s and ’90s. A recent acquisition in Colorado brought the company back into the California market, making the product available nationwide.

August 24, 2011

Louisiana-Pacific Corp. has announced that its Dawson Creek, B.C., mill will curtail production of oriented strand board (OSB) beginning Aug. 25. The mill will continue to manufacture LP TechShield Radiant Barrier Sheathing to support its customers' needs in West Coast markets. 

The Dawson Creek OSB mill was constructed in 1987 and currently employs 114 people. After winterization and preparations for press shutdown are completed, about 26 employees will be retained to operate the TechShield Radiant Barrier line, and maintain the plant and equipment. 

April 21, 2011

Lowe’s has added a Yolo Colorhouse, a regional line of eco-friendly paints, to its West Coast stores, according to an article in the Portland Business Journal.

March 7, 2011

The idea of a nationwide chain of green building material outlets has been dreamed about by many eco-minded business people and investors. But it’s never gotten past the one-off stage, where successful green retailers push past their local markets with a successful model that can work in multiple cities across the country. Until now. 


The merger of Ecohaus and Green Depot, announced on Feb. 7, is a West-meets-East event that unites three of the pioneers in the green-building movement. Four, if you count Greenmaker in Chicago, which Green Depot purchased in 2008.


January 10, 2011

Drive into any Home Depot parking lot and you’ll find a collection of rag-tag pick-up and utility trucks parked near the store’s pro entrance. The owners of the vehicles represent almost one-third of Home Depot’s $66.2 billion in annual sales. Yet they only spend, on average, $5,000 a year apiece. 


Home Depot is where they stop if they run short of something or to grab a few items on their way to a job.


October 3, 2010

The UBS Global Paper and Forest Products Conference, held Sept. 14-15 in New York City,...

September 7, 2008

The National Association of Home Builders has released results from a survey of multi-family builders...

July 1, 2008

California Hardware has announced the retirement of John “Norm” Corvello, a sales representative in the...

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